Under Armour, Julio Jones Introduce E39 Technology at NFL Scouting Combine

David Kindervater@TheDGKCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2011

Courtesy Under Armour
Courtesy Under Armour

If you watched any of the coverage from the National Football League Scouting Combine last weekend, you undoubtedly noticed some of the athletes wearing an unusual looking shirt with a round, glowing neon yellow sensor in the middle.

One of those NFL hopefuls was Alabama receiver Julio Jones, who was arguably the most impressive all-around performer at the Combine. When Jones ran a blazing 4.3 40-yard dash, his acceleration, heart rate and power were being measured by this new device. And when he broad jumped a next-level 11.3 feet, more of his G Force and horsepower were recorded for evaluation.

The Under Armour E39 is being touted as the most innovative athletic evaluation and improvement tool ever made. It’s a compression shirt fitted with electronic sensors that track an athlete’s biometric signals. That data, stored in the heart of the shirt, is transmitted to a computer or handheld device for the athlete/coach/trainer to review.

The UA E39 measures an athlete’s heart rate, breathing rate and core acceleration/body positioning through what is known as “triaxial accelerometry,” the super-sensitive motion tracking technology that gives the ability to see and improve the way an athlete moves. There’s never been a device that includes all of this functionality.

As far as the athlete is concerned, he now has the opportunity to perform in his pure environment while obtaining these valuable readings. No doctor’s office. No science lab. No sticky sensors. No wires. No treadmills. No limitations. Just the athlete performing in his natural state on his chosen stage—the way it should be.

NFL coaches, scouts and trainers used to have to rely on their eyes and what they measured using traditional tools like a stopwatch at the NFL Scouting Combine and select Pro Days. Now, they have data that tells them everything about an athlete’s speed, power and acceleration to assist them in understanding what makes a player tick.

The Under Armour E39 provides a level of precise detail never available before. And in the ever rigorous world of evaluating talent for purchase in the National Football League, Under Armour's E39 technology makes the whole process more thorough than ever before.

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